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THE RIGHT KIND OF UNITY by Chad Ramsey When individuals are united, they enjoy a state of oneness. Thus, there is more to unity than simply an outward appearance. Individuals must literally be of “one mind” and speak with “one mouth” as Paul instructed the Romans (Romans 15:6). This, of course, is the kind of unity for which Jesus prayed on the evening of His betrayal. He said: “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me” (John 17:20-21). One look at the religions in our society, however, will reveal that we do not enjoy the unity for which Jesus prayed. Far from being of one mind and speaking with one mouth, differing religious groups teach contradictory doctrines and often place more credence in their historical traditions than in God’s word. Surely this is no way to unite in serving Christ. So what must we do in order to enjoy the right kind of unity? First, we must agree to follow only God’s word. Paul wrote: “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10). Unless we all agree to follow the same source—the Bible—we will never be united. Second, we must dismiss selfish pride from our lives. Again, Paul wrote: “fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself (Philippians 2:2-3). A person who is self-seeking will never find true unity with either God or man. Do you desire unity? Brought to you by the SOUTH JACKSON STREET CHURCH OF CHRIST 109 W . H arrington Street, H ouston, M ississippi Sunday W orship • 10:30 a.m . & 6:00 p.m . Sun. Bible Study 9:30 a.m. • Wed. Bible Study 7:00 p.m.